Our brains use a lot of energy to function optimally. Our brains use about 20% of the calories that we eat each day to operate. So we should consciously choose delicious foods that fuel our brains and help our thoughts and memory function.
One of my personal favorite brain foods are nuts and seeds. These little powerhouse foods are full of good healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. Nuts and seeds also contain Vitamin E and selenium and both of these nutrients are linked to iprovements in motor and cognitive performance, memory and emotional responce.
Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and my favorite blackberries contain antioxidants and flavinoids that cross the blood brain barrier and help with memory and learning.
Greens such as kale, chard, spinach, bok choy and broccoli are rich in vitamins and nutrients that influence the brain structure and function. They contain Vitamin K, which helps with blood coagulation, is a building block of the cell membrane in all nerve cells of the brain, and provides a building block of a vitamin K derivative that protects the brain fro inflammation.
This email would not be complete without mentioing DARK CHOCOLATE! Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and since the brain is susceptable to oxadative stress which increases with aging, adequate antioxidant support is vital to preserving brain health and function. Research shows chocolate that is 70% or more carco may improve brain plasticity which is needed for learning. Further research suggests that dark chocolate also may stimulate blood flow to the brain.
There are also many supplements and herbs that can help with cognitive function as well as testing for levels of your brain chemicals. If you have any questions or concerns about your brain health feel free to call the office for an in person, phone or telehealth visit.
Michelle K Jackson